As you head NW on Hwy 97 out of Dawson Creek, B.C., which is also Mile 0 of the Alaska Highway, you will see hills of green and yellow on a beautiful summer day. Fields of yellow canola can be seen all through the area as it is a common crop. The roads are good and have plenty of passing lanes on the drive between Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, a distance of 73km (45mi). As evening nears, it is wise to be even more aware of the possibilities of wildlife being on the road, be it bears, deer or moose as this is the time they seem more likely to be crossing the roads.
About 15km (9mi) before you reach Fort St. John, you will crest over the hill and see a view of the incredible Peace River valley (see picture above) at Taylor, B.C. I have stopped several times to enjoy the view. Note the yellow fields on the plateau across the river. From here you drive down into the valley to cross the bridge as you approach Taylor, a small community with great sports facilities. The Fairway RV Park is right next to the highway as you pass through Taylor if you want to spend the night here.